August 14, 2012 Strategic Budget Committee

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August 14, 2012 Strategic Budget Committee

Postby Mary Wright » Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:21 am

STRATEGIC BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING
TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2012

A meeting of the Strategic Budget Committee was held on Tuesday, August 14, 2012. Mr. Guzinski called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM at the Douglas Municipal Center.

ATTENDANCE
PRESENT: Tim Bonin (Chairman) Paula Brouillette (Vice-Chair), John Bombara, Pamela Holmes, Mike Hughes, Cortney Keegan, Nancy Lane, Gina Muscatell, Ray Whitehead, Scott Yacino, Michael Guzinski, Jeanne Lovett
ABSENT: Todd Bari

ORGANIZATION
Mr. Guzinski opened the meeting.
Mr. Yacino made a motion to appoint Tim Bonin as Chairman of the Strategic Budget Committee. Mr. Whitehead seconded the motion. Vote-Unanimous.
Mr. Bonin took over the meeting.
Mr. Hughes made a motion to appoint Paula Brouillette as Vice-Chair of the Strategic Budget Committee. Ms. Muscatell seconded the motion. Vote- Unanimous.

GOALS OF THE COMMITTEE
Defining Deliverables/Objectives
Mr. Guzinski stated the purpose of the committee, which is to create a viable 5-year budget plan for the town. He invited members to present other issues or items that the committee should undertake. Ms. Lane suggested defining the problem. A discussion was held as to what the members want out of the committee. Possibilities for regionalization were discussed. Mr. Bonin suggested adding the topic of regionalization to the agenda.
Mr. Guzinski feels that the recommendations of this committee should go through the Board of Selectmen to the Finance Committee.

Information Gathering
Ms. Lovett will prepare an FY14 projected budget, comparing it to FY12 and FY13 for the September 11, 2012 meeting. A similar comparison will be prepared for the school budget.
Ms. Lane suggested having the town departments fill out a form to describe their FY2013 budget, what they requested, what they received and what are their areas of critical need.

Timeline
Mr. Guzinski stated that the committee needs to submit a recommendation by early December 2012 for the one-year issue. The 3-5 year issue can continue to be worked on into next spring.

Working Practices
Mr. Bonin feels that after today’s meeting, everyone has a good idea of how they will work together.
Mr. Guzinski stated that if a member has something they want to communicate to the rest of the committee, to send it to him or Suzanne Kane.

Collaboration with other Committees and Staff
It was decided to send a letter out to each volunteer committee inviting them to come to a Strategic Budget Committee to give input. That letter will go out by the next meeting.
Mr. Bonin suggested holding a Town Hall-style meeting where the concerns of the townspeople and town departments can be heard.

MEETING SCHEDULE
It was decided to meet every other week on Tuesdays, opposite the Board of Selectmen meetings. The next two meetings will be August 28, 2012 and September 11, 2012.

OTHER BUSINESS
Mr. Guzinski presented a letter from the Board of Selectmen, dated June 18, 2012 regarding health insurance. With the new law, there is an opportunity to save a significant amount of money. A discussion was held.
Mr. Yacino reminded the members that if they have not already done so, they are required to take an ethics course before December at www.mass.gov/ethics.com.
Ms. Brouillette is working with Community Development through Mr. Guzinski to define the commercial property along Route 146. One of the recommendations will be to get the Economic Development Committee involved. A discussion was held.

ADJOURNMENT
Mr. Hughes made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:32 PM. Ms. Lane seconded the motion. Vote-Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
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